Holiday Run

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Story by Spc. Sinthia Rosario

Date: 11.19.2010
Posted: 11.23.2010 16:07
News ID: 60757
Holiday Run

FORT BLISS, Texas - A total of 97 runners participated in the 10K Post Championship Run and 5K Turkey Trot, held at the Soto Gym, Nov. 19.<br /> <br /> It was a very cold morning and the runners were rubbing their hands to keep warm. Many waited in anticipation for the race to begin. Each came for different reasons.<br /> <br /> To support others<br /> <br /> Master Sgt. John Blue, a student at the Fort Bliss Sergeant Major Academy, participated in the 5K came to lend support to his peer Master Sgt. Julie Guerra, also a student at the academy. <br /> <br /> Although Blue came as a supporter, he too has a story of his own. <br /> <br /> “I'm always excited to run and have a good time,” said Blue. “I lost my right leg below the knee Jan. 27, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq due to an Explosively Formed Projectile.”<br /> <br /> He has been training on things like bike riding, running and swimming to keep in shape so that he can keep up with his soldiers, said Blue. <br /> <br /> “It's a way for me to go out and burn some energy, clear my head and think about stuff and keep me focused on other things,” said Blue. “It's not that I dwell on what happened, but giving myself something to strive for like a race or an event like this, it keeps me focused and gives me something to look forward to,” he said. <br /> <br /> Even though he lost his leg, he competed in the 5K Turkey Trot’s 35-39 age groups and won the men’s championship.<br /> <br /> “If you’re injured and you're nervous about participating, you never know until you try,” said Blue. “Don't give yourself an excuse on why you can’t do it; give yourself an excuse on why you can do it,” he said.<br /> <br /> Win the Commanders Cup <br /> <br /> Major Trisha B. Stavinoha, with William Beaumont Army Medical Center, said she was there so that WBAMC could win the Commanders cup. <br /> <br /> “And I think we will, we did very well, so at least for the year, William Beaumont should win for our division,” said Stavinoha. <br /> <br /> She won the Lady’s Champion age group 34 and under and was very happy that as a group WBAMC won the Team Champion for the 2010 10K run with 24 points.<br /> <br /> Reclaim her running ability.<br /> <br /> Andrea K. Compton, an Army spouse said, “I messed up my ankle two months ago.” So it’s a reentry back to attempting to run again. She ended up taking second place in the women’s 34 and under 5K Turkey Trot.<br /> <br /> These runners came with a purpose of their own and many accomplished it, but in the end they said they had fun just being there.